Farmers and ranchers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP, fsa.usda.gov/crp) contracts may now re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is also accepting offers from those who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs. FSA’s 52nd signup for CRP runs June 3 to Aug. 23.
FSA stopped accepting offers last fall for the CRP continuous signup when the 2014 Farm Bill authority expired. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorized the program in December, and FSA has determined that a limited signup prioritizing water-quality practices furthers conservation goals and makes sense for producers.
A one-year extension is being offered to existing CRP participants with expiring CRP contracts of 14 years or fewer who have practices that are not eligible for re-enrollment under this CRP signup. Alternatively, producers with expiring contracts may have the option to enroll in the Transition Incentives Program, which provides two additional annual rental payments if the land is sold or rented to a beginning farmer or rancher or to a member of a socially disadvantaged group.